Making income from your hobbies

Finding a stable job nowadays is getting increasingly complicated due to the current political and economic tensions existing worldwide. Getting hired is becoming always more competitive, which makes finding an interesting role quite difficult for anyone, no matter the level of work experience or qualifications gained over the years. However, there are always options for expanding your income streams.

Although this might seem a fairly negative moment for all of you who are job hunting, it is essential to bear in mind that there is always an exciting solution to everything. Have you ever considered that now, thanks to the fantastic development of technology, it is possible to actually turn most of your hobbies into real sources of income?

Just think about it for a minute, there are an extensive number of successful freelancers online who have quit their jobs and launched outstanding careers by applying their skills and interests and transforming them into money! So this is what you could also go for. Below you will find three examples of creative hobbies that can become a great way of making money and replacing usual office jobs. These ideas can also be implemented by someone who perhaps has already a job, but who simply feels the need of changing things in his/her life, so keep your mind open and flexible and see what you can get out of your hobbies!

1) Writing/Blogging

Have you always liked writing since you were in school? If you have often thought that becoming a writer is too much of an irrational plan, now it is the moment to rethink about it. There are loads of websites were you can find ads posted by a variety of international agencies and companies which are looking for talented freelance writers. Try answering any of these ads by sending a sample of your writing and see how it goes! That is definitely a way of making an interesting amount of money, although it may not immediately replace a full time salary, but with time and patience you might soon be able to expand your writing services, increase your number of clients and turn your hobby into a real job, which gives you complete freedom and independence!

Blogging is a very similar option, although in this case you most likely would not write for any specific client but only for yourself and your audience. Are you particularly passionate about any specific topic? Consider for instance such topics as: gardening, cooking, IT, fitness, politics, economics, health, gaming, psychology, etc…if you have a great interest in any subject you could talk about it on a weekly basis (you decide the frequency) in a series of blog posts. You are obviously not the only one with that particular interest, so take that as an advantage to boost your income up! Starting a blog is very simple since you can quickly set up an account on WordPress, where you will be also able to find a broad list of colourful templates ready for your immediate use. Once that you have created your blog, wrote on it several posts and conquered the attention of a discrete amount of followers, then you can also start adding advertising arrangements and affiliate deals, which will finally bring your income up. There are numerous professional bloggers out there, who have simply started by opening an account on a blogging platform as WordPress and started writing about what they liked the most, becoming soon able to make blogging their full time job.

2) Photography

Today everyone is continuously taking pictures with their smartphones and sharing them through social media, but only a very small percentage can actually be defined as excellent photographs. If you know how to handle a professional camera and can take surprisingly good photos, then you should definitely start thinking about exploiting this fantastic skill in order to make money. You can start from creating a Facebook page and a website to advertise your services and showcase your work, attend networking events and discover who needs a professional photographer. There are always plenty of weddings, graduations and various types of ceremonies in need of talented photographers, but most of them are very expensive to hire, so those would represent great occasions for you to start doing this fascinating job while asking for a lower compensation than experienced photographers. This way you will put yourself ahead of competition and become an interesting choice for whoever wants to hire a photographer. Another way of earning money through photography is to open an account on platforms as Flickr, where you can showcase your photos and sell them to potential clients. Capturing special moments that will last a lifetime could make your hobby become a real job, so give it a try!

3) Fitness

If you love fitness and know by experience how to eat healthily and what exercises to do in order to get a fitter body, then you should probably start thinking about making some profit out of it. Becoming a personal trainer is not complicated. You would obviously need certifications, but a little bit of studying has never hurt anyone, especially when the subject you are focusing on is something you are passionate about and that can transform your existence. There are nowadays a variety of popular fitness courses that people worldwide are eager to try, such as, for instance, Crossfit, Pilates and a wide range of cardio exercises, so you could specialise in one or more of them, get the right training, obtain the necessary qualifications and consecutively apply for jobs at gyms or sell yourself as a freelance personal trainer. If you choose the second option, you could find as your first clients your family’s friends or friends’ friends so that you can slowly start making some money while having a job that truly satisfies you and makes people taking your classes happy.

There are certainly many more hobbies that can be strategically used in order to grow your income, such as graphic design, video editing, teaching music, web design, social media marketing, software engineering, crafting and many more. What you should keep in mind is that for almost any skill you have there is the chance of developing a successful career where you could become your own boss, so be creative and don’t be afraid to try new paths!

The OM Team





Skill Share your way to success
September 21, 2015
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Skill share your way to success 

It is a sobering thought to think the Apple, arguably the most valuable company on the planet, started as a home business, just where many are or are hoping to be very soon. Steve Jobs got a head start because very early on, he was able to partner with someone who had the skills he lacked. Jobs had the vision, and together with Wozniak, created the Apple I and Apple II computers. Wozniak was responsible for the electronics, while Jobs concentrated on the design. Both worked to their strengths and in so doing, built a superior product from the word ‘go’. The rest, as they say, is history.

Apple’s head start began because of the simple fact that the power of two heads working together can be disproportionately greater than the power of only one. Forming Skill share partnerships early in your business life, can increase the possibility of making those first steps into business much bigger, more productive and making you (both) more likely to succeed. In many other ways, relationships like these are also beneficial to your health and well-being. Going it alone can be a lonely road.

2015 has seen more and more highly-skilled older women ‘managed’ out of the workplace, turn to self-employment. This has been going on for some time and is likely to go on for the foreseeable future. Their need to make extra income means that there is now a huge skills base for people to tap into.
How do you find people with whom to share skills?

Here’s how:

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or even an established SME (in which case you can skip point 1

1.   Ascertain your goal, think big, think long-term, e.g. to create the best Cake Shop in Crewe, London,wherever

2. Create a list of your skills and the resources you need in order to fulfill this ambition

3. Create a list of the skills/resources you don’t have

This will give you a good idea of the sort/skill type of the person (s) you need to find to skill share. the way forward  

Using a website like this would be invaluable at this point. This website has a sophisticated search engine which can help you pinpoint that key person to barter or share skills with. This kind of working can mean acquiring the expertise you need in the areas you need, and inexpensively, whilst not compromising your business idea. is a supportive community for entrepreneurs formed from individuals just like you, at various stages in their business life. It’s a community of people with the skills - and sometimes the resources - to form that ideal business partnership. contains all the tools, resources and people you need to take your business idea to the heights you've always dreamed of.

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Recycling to Create Treasures

Stuck for a new business idea? Like working with others? Are you creative? Perhaps recycling is the way forward.

Ever thought about recycling as an inexpensive way to use your skills to create income as well as a basis for your new business?

Rummaging in skips may be the way forward. It astounds me everyday what sort of things people throw out because they are either too old or they have a chip or something else really minor. Sometimes people just throw things out because an item reminds them of someone they don’t want to be reminded of.

A good business which has come out of looking in skips and recycling has been “Skip Sisters”. Skip Sisters is now a successful up-cycling, waste-salvaging eco arts collective created by 5 friends in South London. They all decided to rummage in skips in their respective neighbourhoods and bring their spoils together; so far they have created anything from lamps made of old Bisto tins to cushion covers and jewellery.

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The Best 10 reasons to start your own business
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You, and only you, control your own destiny!

No more ‘zero hour’ contracts. No more bullying. You get to build your own dream.

You choose a way of working that suits you best.

As you are the boss, you can design working hours around your life. Ok, admittedly, at the beginning, it may seem you have no life, but for many people in gainful employment, that is the reality……for their entire working lives!

You don’t have to commute (depending on your business). You can work from anywhere.

If you have to travel long hours or sometimes even drive in dangerous conditions - especially during the winter months - this will be a huge bonus for you.

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